Lighting is one of those elements of design for which there aren’t adequate words in the lexicon to describe. The feelings and moods that different sources of light can give a room can only be experienced. For example, variable natural light from windows can’t be reproduced with electricity and overhead lights provide a far different vision and feeling within a space than do table or floor lamps.
Being in the height of the winter season, the days are short and darkness falls early, especially on cloudy, snowy and rainy days. In poorly lit buildings and homes, the dimness can bring on gloomy moods, especially for those who are more sensitive to light or prone to depression.
Seasonal Light Disorder or “Winter Depression” is a very real phenomenon and occurs in the late fall and winter months. This post is not to be construed as medical advice on this condition but the point we’re making is that choosing the right kind of lighting can have a real impact on how many of us can feel at home, whether good or not so good, especially in the winter.
According to WebMD, researchers agree that people who suffer from winter depression, also known as “seasonal affective disorder” (SAD), have one thing in common. They’re particularly sensitive to light, or the lack of it. Many studies have shown that people with seasonal affective disorder feel better after exposure to bright light.
Technology advances, especially in the area of LED (light emitting diode) lighting, room illuminating options are getting better all the time. Today’s LED lights are extremely versatile in design. With this one technology, you can cover a wide range of color temperatures and fit just about any fixture in your home or office. As such, LED lighting is highly adaptable.
Do you want outdoor flood lights for your driveway? There are LED PAR lamps that can have motion sensors added. What about the chandelier in your entryway? LED Decos will fit and match the décor. Even holiday lighting can become more efficient with LED string lighting.
SF Gate has some great information we’d like to share with you on how important light is to interior design. “The lighting in a home changes the mood of a room just as it does the perceived size. Placement and type are important aspects of interior design, and they work in conjunction with color selections, room size, availability of natural light and furniture selection. The elements that come together when the right lighting is achieved transform a room into a seamless combination of functionality and style.”
The article goes on to offer ideas on color management, directional lighting, functionality and space. Click here to read more about the Importance of Lighting in Interior Design.
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